After more than a year of being accused in the #MeTooMovement, Anu Malik, in a fresh statement, has spoken about it.
In a post shared on his social media accounts, Anu Malik wrote, “Why wasn’t this spoken about before? Why do these allegations resurface only when I’m back on television, which is currently my only source of livelihood?”
He further wrote, “Being a father or two daughters, I can’t imagine committing the acts that I’m accused of, let alone do it.”
“The show must go on. But behind this happy face, I’m in pain. I’m in a dark space,” his statement read.
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In 2018, Anu Malik
was accused of sexual harassment by several women including singers Sona Mohapatra and Shweta Pandit after which he was fired from the show. (Also read: Indian Idol 11: Sona Mohapatra slams Hema Sardesai; calls her a 'sick, silly woman'; for supporting Anu Malik)
Recently, singers Sona Mohapatra and Neha Bhasin had expressed their anger on social media, after Anu Malik was reinstated as the judge of the singing reality show, Indian Idol 11. Sona had also criticised Sony TV’s decision to bring Malik back a year after his ouster. She even called out co-judges Vishal Dadlani and Neha Kakkar for turning a blind eye on the issue.
Though most Bollywood celebrities kept mum on the matter, Abhay Deol come out in support of Sona. He commented on Sona's Twitter post saying, "Admire you very much Sona. You have my support."
Sona shared the screenshot of Abhay's comment and wrote, "The first actor from our industry to extend support, @AbhayDeol . Has always been a man with a mind of his own & has made his own road to travel in. Walks his talk! Thank you & big love. Also thank you for being on the right side of history."
Sona and Neha’s criticism for bringing Anu Malik back on the show, created a huge uproar on social media and there were reports suggesting that he might be removed from the singing reality show.
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